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WILLIAM  V<OT  HTOEBOLDT.                     386
Humboldt therefore accepted the proposition, and
thus Count Goltz, a more narrow-minded man than
even Richelieu, retained the Parisian office.
But it was not the intention of the government to
allow Humboldt to depart at once for London. The
affairs in Frankfurt had first to be arranged to a cer-
tain point, and the chancellor thought no one more
fitted for this business than the man who had arranged
them in Vienna and Paris. Afterwards he was re-
quired in Berlin to debate the constitution and a
comprehensive financial code of laws ; and it was also
generally anticipated in Berlin that he would be found
indispensable in the higher spheres of home govern-
ment, and that lie would succeed to a post to which
he had more right than any one else.
In   Frankfort,   Humboldt   had   also   to   represent
Prussia  in the solemn opening of the diet,  as the
deputy to the diet.     Count von der Qoltz   (not to be
confounded  with   the   French   ambassador.    Count
Goltz), although he had arrived in Frankfort., was SO,
and coxild not appear in person. The day before, Hum-
boldt had effected the omission of church ceremonies at
the opening of the  diet;  for it was in bad taste to
mate  arrangements which   could   not   be  generally
shared, and only reminded of the unfortunate disunion
of the nation.    Therefore, only a solemn procession of
the ambassadors took place, to the palace of the Prince
of Thurn and Taxis, in which the session was to com-
mence at eleven ojclock.    Thfe entire personnel of the
embassies was present.    The presiding  ambassador,
the  Count  Buol-Schanenstein,  opened the   meeting
with a dignified speech, which showed as much consi-
deration for the independence of the ^single   mem-
bers" of the diet, as it proved the necessity of a firmer
national alliance.    Thereupon the other ambassadors
replied,  in longer and shorter speeches.    Humboldt
expressed the opinions and wishes of his Mug, alluding;
to  the   advantages which would arise   from a uni-
versal and constant union of the Germans, from a
•union which should be at home and abroad, securing,
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